Journal d'un coopérant

Journal d'un coopérant

The volunteer

DVD - 2011 | French | Format panoramique.
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Électronicien célibataire, Jean-Marc Phaneuf arrive en Afrique noire où, pour les prochaines semaines, il sera coopérant au sein de l'ONG Radio du Monde. Pour rendre compte de son expérience, il tient un journal vidéo. Jean-Marc découvre alors une contrée rongée par la pauvreté, la malnutrition, la guerre et les inégalités sociales. Mais plus grave encore, le technicien réalise que la coopération internationale n'est qu'un leurre, servant surtout à engraisser des dirigeants locaux corrompus et à enrichir par la bande les pays donateurs. Or, malgré sa désillusion, Jean-Marc croit qu'il peut contribuer au mieux-être de certains habitants de son hameau, dont Mathilde, la petite-fille de sa domestique.
Publisher: Montréal : TVA Films, 2011.
Edition: Format panoramique.
Branch Call Number: JOURN
Characteristics: 1 vidéodisque (env. 90 min.) : son., coul. ; 12 cm.
Alternative Title: Volunteer

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Feb 25, 2013

Spoiler Alert - at first I was completely taken in by the purported reality of this journal. I chose this dvd because Bibliocommons lists this as a documentary, but it is not. It is a film that gets very creepy as the volunteer, suffering from his own psychological problems, grooms a young African girl to become the victim of an unseen sexual act. In the end the 50 something volunteer says of the young girl: '... and try to convince myself that loving her wasn't normal.' The back of the dvd case is in French and there is no in-depth English review to be found on-line so I was not able to use my usual sources when making a decision about whether or not I want to watch a particular movie. The movie was good at delivering its message - I get the analogy of the rape of a girl and the rape of a continent by international aid, but I don't choose to watch movies about sexual abuse. I am disappointed that Bibliocommmons has the wrong subject headings on this listing.

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